So, you’ve been thinking about it for quite some time and you have decided you are ready to start writing in a journal. In this post, I’ll give you the best information on how to start a journal.
Choose the Kind of Journal
There are many ways to use a journal. You must decide what kind of a journal you want to have. Do you want to just have a place to record your feelings? Do you need your journal to be more of an organizational tool? Do you have to take notes for a class? Do you need a journal to record information for your job or your business? Check out our resources on this website to learn about different kinds of journals.
Choose the Actual Journal
There are MANY different kinds of journals. In fact Amazon has over 150,000 different journals available for you to choose from! In most cases you don’t need anything fancy, but as you spend more time journalling you will find things that you like and don’t like. You can even pick up a simple notebook from the dollar store for your journal. As I have spent more time with my journals, I have found that I like to have a size that will fit inside my purse so I can carry it with me. I also like my journals to be hard bound because they tend to hold up a little better. Thicker paper will prevent bleed through from your writing utensils. The sky is the limit. I suggest you get something that you enjoy. I do tend to spend a little more on my journals as I use them constantly and I hope that they will be around for future generations to enjoy.
Choose Your Supplies
Again, this will depend on which kind of a journal you choose. I have two journals (at the moment). The first one is where I just free form write my thoughts. The only supply I need for that journal is a pen. I do have a quirk that I like to use the same color of ink, so I keep a supply of nicer black pens (nothing fancy, I’m using a PaperMate InkJoy gel pen right now). The other journal I keep is a hybrid type of a bullet journal planner. For this journal, I use a wider variety of supplies. I use colored pencils, colored pens, stickers, and my favorite washi tape! I suggest you start with the basics and find a pen you enjoy using and grow from there.
The only rule for journalling is there are no rules! Just start writing! I tend to begin and end each journal with kind of a summary of where I am in life and what has been happening (just in case one gets lost). Don’t worry about grammar or punctuation or whether you are printing or using cursive. The important thing is that this is your journal to use however you see fit. This is the beginning of the new relationship between you and your journal. Enjoy!